‘I believe Cattermole can keep his cool’ – Sunderland boss Poyet

Ahmed Elmohamady of Hull City rolls in agony after red card Challenge by Lee cattermole of Sunderland challenge during the Barclays Premier League match at the KC Stadium, Hull.
Ahmed Elmohamady of Hull City rolls in agony after red card Challenge by Lee cattermole of Sunderland challenge during the Barclays Premier League match at the KC Stadium, Hull.
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SUNDERLAND boss Gus Poyet has backed Lee Cattermole to keep a lid on his temper and play a crucial role in leading his club out of the Barclays Premier League relegation zone.

Cattermole is in line to return to the Black Cats line-up at Aston Villa on Saturday after completing a three-game suspension following his red card at Hull.

And despite disciplinary problems which have seen Cattermole sent off eight times in his career, Poyet re-iterated the 25-year-old’s importance to his long-term plans.

Poyet said: “I need to make sure Lee knows he is important to the team, and Lee needs to make sure he keeps his cool a little bit better.

“He’s an important player - he’s a leader, he’s strong and he doesn’t accept defeat - and sometimes you need those kinds of characters.”

Poyet will also be boosted by Wes Brown’s availability for the trip to Villa after his own controversial sending-off at Stoke last weekend was rescinded by the Football Association.

Poyet added: “I think it is important for many reasons because we are trying to create some consistency in the team especially at the back, because I think we are getting better.

“When you have a player like Wes in your team it’s definitely a little bit easier. We had a couple of interesting days waiting to see if he would be available, and after his clearance it made our preparations a lot easier.”